This rosé Champagne sparkling wine by Louis de Sacy is made using the technique os “skin contact maceration” meaning that the grape juice is left in contact with the skins until sufficient pink color is ectracted, rather than adding red wine to white wine like it’s quite common in Champagne.
Grapes are sourced from a vineyard block called “Les Buissons” at the entrance of the village of Verzy, hometown of Maison Louis de Sacy.
This parcel hosts old vines of Pinot Noir, 50 years of age.
20 to 25% of Chardonnay from Verzy is also added to the blend.
The color is of an elegant salmon pink. So it’s pink, with an orange hue, mat and slightly ‘gris’. Pretty!
Dominant aromas on the nose are those of nuts: roasted hazelnut, fresh almond. Brioche, hay, and lifted spices complete the picture as for the savory notes.
Some orange peel and floral notes (violette) provide the freshness. A complex subtle nose overall.
On the palate, the nutty tones transform into savory slightly bitter flavors, a touch salty too. The typical Pinot-Noir-mushroom notes also surround the experience.
There’s plenty of sweet spices also, subtle oaky tones, and a lot of leesy characters: brioche, dough. All these flavors (how many have I mentioned, quite a few!) give the wine a wealth of deep and complex savory character.
The floral and fruity flavors: strawberry and bitter orange, like on the nose, freshen everything up. But they do so subtly from the background, yet they play an essential part and make the whole wine tasting lively.
This is a dry Champagne, that feels rather dry but well balanced from rich ripe fruit, velety texture, and very fine bubbles.
A sophisticated rosé Champagne sparkling wine for connoisseurs and gastronomy.
It’s ready to be appreciated by amateurs of complex savory notes and minerality, tension also, blended with elegant fruit/floral characters.
This is a Champagne to be paired masterfully with subtle food by sommeliers, more than a simple approachable sparkling rosé. Exactly what you expect from a Grand Cru Champagne I suppose.
Enjoy 🙂 JM